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- Object: The Polish dwarf performing before the grand seignior.
Boruwlaski or Boruslawski (left) plays the violin, he stands (left) before an immense Turk (right) seated on the floor, an arm round each of two ladies of the harem who recline against him. The Sultan (Abdul Hamid) smokes a long pipe. Behind him stand two fierce-looking guards. In the background three other ladies listen rapturously to the slim, erect, and well-dressed dwarf, who is in marked contrast with the massive Turk and the voluptuous ladies of the seraglio. A draped canopy completes the design. March 1786, a reissue of a print originally published in 1781
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Height: 252 millimetres
Width: 355 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
For 'Count' Joseph Boruwlaski, 1739-1837, see his 'Memoirs', published in London in French and English in 1788, final edition 1820. See also BMSat 7220 and 'B.M. Cat. of Engr. Br. Portraits', and a portrait (1802) in Kay's 'Edinburgh Portraits', i. 326.
Grego, 'Rowlandson', i. 186-7 (reproduction).
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